Fagradalsfjall volcano update: Intermittent lava fountains continue

Tue, 4 May 2021, 15:56
15:56 PM | BY: T
Lava fountain from the central vent of Iceland's ongoing eruption in the Reykjanes peninsula (image: RUV webcam)
Lava fountain from the central vent of Iceland's ongoing eruption in the Reykjanes peninsula (image: RUV webcam)
Updated map of the areas covered with lava so far (image: Ragnar Heiðar Þrastarson from IMO @RagnarHeidar / twitter)
Updated map of the areas covered with lava so far (image: Ragnar Heiðar Þrastarson from IMO @RagnarHeidar / twitter)
The activity has remained similar as during the past 48 hours, characterized by intermittent episodes of pulsating lava fountains from the central vent following periods of calm lava effusion.
Some of the fountaining episodes during the past hours seem to have been again relatively intense, with heights of estimated 100-200 m. The periods between individual fountaining episodes have been about 30-60 minutes.
The onset of a lava fountaining phase as a series of large gas bubbles arrive can be seen in the following drone video:

Previous news

Mon, 3 May 2021, 10:29
Phase of strong lava fountain yesterday around noon (image: RUV webcam)
The eruptive activity remains overall similar as during yesterday, with alternating phases of lava fountaining and only more or less quiet lava effusion. It seems that most activity by now is concentrated at the vent #5 in the central part of the fissure system, which had began erupting on 13 April. ... Read all
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